With Ebola, GOP scares people into staying home. Press helps.

There is no greater example of the national press absolutely dropping the ball on coverage of a story than the current Ebola panic of 2014. Keep in mind, the number one strategy of the Republican Party is to drive down turnout. And the most efficient way to drive down turnout

17 to go: Flashback: A Wakeup Call for Progressive Thinkers

I first posted this on May 12, 2004 on my original blog, The Daily Weasel. The original received an overwhelmingly positive response. With two-and-a-half weeks to go before this very important election, It’s something to think about again. Some elements are dated, such as the part where we have to

18 to go: Stop the reactionary politics, progressives.

Progressives have been largely sidelined politically for more than 40 years, and one of the major reasons is our tendency to play politics in much the same way as the Right Wing Republican party. And one of the most ridiculous tendencies progressives have developed is our tendency to be purely

25 to Go: Our energy future is green, but not with the GOP in charge

One way you know the current incarnation of the Republican Party is just plain nuts comes when they continue to complain about the stimulus package passed by Democrats and Obama in 2009. One thing that bill did and continues to do, is to greatly increase our investment in clean energy production, which

26 to Go: What Republicans have done, Part I

Here’s a (partial) list of things Republicans have done over the last four years, despite the fact that they continue to ask that you vote for them. (And for those who are supposedly on our side, but who insist that Democrats are “just as bad,” I would note that “the

28 (four weeks) to go: Vote for Democrats, because Republicans are just plain nuts

Most of the following happened within just the last week or two. I want you to think about these within the context of the ridiculous meme that says both parties are essentially the same.  I keep hearing this absurdity, and that we need some sort of “third-party” to rescue us

29 to go: In praise of elites

When it comes to the next election, we have to encourage voters to raise standards, rather than lower them. that means, voting out the supremely incompetent Republican Party, and voting in Democrats, who at least seemed competent and willing to listen to reason. Last week, as I listened to Caribou Barbie drone

30 to go: Politicians are usually smarter than the pundits who complain about them

Most liberal pundits bore me. Worse, they bore the general public, and offer nothing useful that would motivate people to go to the polls and vote on election day. They seem to be hell-bent on generating anger, under the mistaken impression that anger is an emotion that motivates the most

32 to go: Republicans lie; we’re not broke…

One of the most persistent lies Republicans tell to get you to vote for them is the one where they tell you the United States is broke, and can’t afford to do things we need to do. they talk about debt obsessively, and imply that a certain level of debt is

33 to go: Want to be considered part of the “Democratic base”? Sorry, but you have to earn it.

This are a lot of people out there who think that merely being “liberal” or “progressive” automatically qualifies them to be part of the “Democratic base.” Of course, they would be wrong. In order to qualify as part of the Democratic base, you must first demonstrate an unwavering loyalty to Democrats, over and above

Why are so many “progressive” blogs working against progressive issues & people?

It’s really kind of amazing, when you think about it… Over the last few weeks, I’ve had occasion to peruse the liberal blogs and other media to a greater degree than I have in quite some time. I became rather disillusioned with “progressive media” a few years ago, and I

What I did on my late-summer “vacation”…

Let me explain what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks, because you need to hear it, my fellow progressives… I’ve been working with a select group of Democratic candidates on messaging that will help them win their elections six weeks from today. The six candidates running in various parts

We need a new corporate tax code, but without GOP input

Last week, fast food giant Burger King swallowed up Tim Horton’s, a chain of donut and coffee stores popular throughout Canada, and growing in strength throughout the northeastern United States. one of the main reasons Burger King purchased the Canadian company was so that they could move their operations to

Predictions are not “facts,” and defeatism is not acceptable: election 2014

I am truly beginning to hate pundits. At least, the professional lefties who think they know everything, and declare everything they say that is actually opinion as “fact.” Case in point, Ezra Klein’s latest missive on his new website venture Vox. You can start with the abject arrogance demonstrated in

Why Rick Perry’s indictment is in no way “bogus”

I’ve been told by quite a few people just in the last few days that my support for the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry was misplaced, misguided and completely partisan. Actually, it’s none of those things. I admit to being partisan, however Perry is not running for another term

Ferguson shows that America has a long way to go…

I asked this question in another post a couple of weeks ago; “When did America become so mean?” The answer, of course, is a bit complicated. That article mostly dealt with immigration, and discussed why we seem to have such a difficult time welcoming people into the country. As many pointed out,

Is the race for control of the Senate over already? Hell NO!

Okay, so I’m looking through the news today, and I come across this, from Dan Balz at the Washington Post: Is the race for control of the Senate over already? – The Washington Post. To his credit, Balz takes a balanced approach to the fact that, with less than three months

Dear Right Wingers; Free Speech Isn’t What You Think

The first thing everyone – especially those in today’s Republican Party – should understand is that “free speech” and “the First Amendment” are not interchangeable terms. Free speech is assumed to exist, while the First Amendment requires that government protect that pre-existing right for everyone. That means everyone, at least since

A Progressive Like Kos Should Know Better

Markos Moulitsas’ recent look at the past ten years in progressive politics on his “Daily Kos” blog should be enshrined as a memorial to modern progressive pundits, and why they impede progress for the most part. It’s that small but loud contingent who thinks they’re smarter than everyone else about politics,

Updated Again: #StopRush Should be Promoting Progressive Talk, Not Killing It

Beginning January 1, 2014, three huge markets; Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, will lose progressive radio. Three of the most progressive markets in the country, and there will be nothing for people to listen to. I know many of you don’t care, since you can listen on one